A slew of recent document leaks showed that BYU, operated by the Mormon Church, considered gender a major factor when accepting enrollment applications

Like senior high school students across the United States, Utah seniors face the same worrisome period of applying for colleges and hoping they will be accepted based on academic merit and their enrollment applications.

However, for BYU, unchangeable factors – like a student’s geographical location and gender may also factor into whether or not they are accepted.

MormonLeaks, a website, recently published documents that are allegedly BYU guidelines for enrollment, which include explicit overviews as to how students’ applications were rated and scored between the years of 2013-2015.

Aside from traditional factors of consideration, like ACT scores and GPA, the documents published on the website reveal that BYU preferred to accept students who were male, residents of the East Coast, and college students of the first-generation.

BYU is not regulated by laws prohibited gender discrimination

Carri Jenkins, the BYU spokeswoman, did not comment on the authenticity of the documents posted on MormonLeaks, although she did confirm that in the past gender had been a considering factor as to whether or not a student would be enrolled.

In the email sent to a local Utah newspaper, Jenkins stated that BYU continued to develop and update its process for admission and that as of 2015 BYU no longer considered gender an “additional weighting” factor for consideration.

As BYU is a private, rather than public university, there are no formal regulations or laws that prohibit enrollment denial or acceptance based on the gender of potential students.

Jenkins added that although gender discrimination is against the law for enrollment applications to institutions of professional, vocational, graduate higher, and public education, it is not the case for private universities.

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